Of­fice of the Mayor Sup­ports Car­ni­val 2018

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

As the is­land gets ready to host the big­gest cul­tural show­piece, Saint Lu­cia Car­ni­val 2018, Mayor of Cas­tries, His Wor­ship Peter­son D. Fran­cis has pledged sup­port through a pro­posed part­ner­ship with the Events Com­pany of St. Lu­cia.

The pro­posed part­ner­ship will see col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two en­ti­ties to host Car­ni­val Monar­chs at Satur­day City Night on July 21, 2018. The part­ner­ship will also see an in­crease in City Po­lice pa­trols dur­ing the pa­rades, and the city be­ing brightly out­fit­ted ahead of the fes­ti­val.

Mayor Fran­cis says his sup­port for arts and cul­ture is aimed at en­sur­ing that our car­ni­val re­ceives the due recog­ni­tion it mer­its since our mu­sic now pen­e­trates the ear of the world.

“It is not only pro­vid­ing an av­enue to show­case Saint Lu­cia`s mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, but cre­at­ing the right en­vi­ron­ment for mas­quer­aders and mem­bers of the pub­lic to feel the vibe. The spot­light of the global en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try is now on the is­land and we need to make our pres­ence felt more than ever,’’ said Mayor Fran­cis.

“The three million dol­lar in­vest­ment into the in­dus­try is ideal, in ad­di­tion to the hard work, en­ergy and vi­brancy which Cul­ture Min­is­ter Hon. For­tuna Bel­rose brings to the ta­ble. How­ever, more sup­port is nec­es­sary from cor­po­rate Saint Lu­cia to grow the fes­ti­val. We need to cre­ate a car­ni­val brand that is unique and a cut above the rest,’’ the mayor added.

Speak­ing to the col­lab­o­ra­tion, Mr. Thomas Leonce, CEO of Events Com­pany of St. Lu­cia lauded Mayor Fran­cis and his of­fice for their sup­port. He said, “What the mayor has done shows a great level of sup­port for cul­ture, which builds the el­e­ments of an out­stand­ing prod­uct. This al­liance will give life to the car­ni­val at­mos­phere and we thank him im­mensely”.

Mayor Fran­cis gave his com­mit­ment that his of­fice will con­tinue to stand firm in sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of arts and cul­ture.

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